There is hereby created the board of speech-language pathology and audiology consisting of eight residents of this state to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Three members of the board shall be licensed speech-language pathologists, and three members shall be licensed audiologists, who have been licensed and engaged in the practice, teaching, administration, or research in the area of appointment for at least five years prior to the dates of their appointment. Beginning with the first appointment of an audiologist to the board after November 5, 1992, at all times one of the audiologists serving on the board must be an audiologist engaged in the practice of fitting and dispensing hearing aids. At all times, two members shall be representatives of the general public, and neither shall be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist or a person licensed under this chapter. At least one of the members representing the general public shall be at least sixty years of age. Terms of office shall be for three years, each term commencing on the twenty-seventh day of September and ending on the twenty-sixth day of September. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. No person shall be appointed to serve consecutively more than two full terms. The executive council of the Ohio speech and hearing association may recommend, within forty-five days after any vacancy or expiration of a member's term occurs, no more than three persons to fill each position or vacancy on the board, and the governor may make the appointment from the persons so recommended. If the council fails to make recommendations within the required time, the governor shall make the appointment without its recommendations. The terms of all speech-language pathology members shall not end in the same year; the terms of all audiology members shall not end in the same year. Upon the first appointment following November 5, 1992, the governor shall appoint speech-language pathology members and audiology members to one-, two-, or three-year terms to prevent the terms of all speech-language pathology members or all audiology members from ending in the same year. Thereafter, all terms shall be for three years.
Effective Date: 11-05-1992; 01-01-2006